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At the “Bureya Sea”

In January 2013 My friend Arthur Miskevich and I had made a trip to the Bureya reservoir. In Siberia any big reservoir is traditionally called «sea». The weather was cold, around −40C at night and −30C at the day time. The fishing was not good, but we had learned a lot. Besides that, it is always fun to visit this water — it is somehow recharging you with new energy.

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing The dam of the reservoir constructed near the Talakan village

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing *Here the road become a winter road – from this point one could drice on ice 200 km to the north *

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing *A local fisherman is showing us a special tackle with three big treble hooks used to catch big pikes. The tackle is normally baited with a little pike (about a pound or bigger or similar size live burbot. *

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing This year there is not much snow, so the road is very good. It is possible to drive it as fast as one dares.

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing Further upstream from the dam at the banks there are many rock outcrops

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing Chaos of rocks, dead trees, and ice...

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing This house used to stand at the bank of the Bureya River. Presently it is floating in the reservoir in summers, and in winter the water sets it at the bank – every year to a new spot.

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing These ice mushrooms are grooving at the flooded trees every winter

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing Ice mushrooms

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing These ice marks show how the water level was falling from the beginning of the winter

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing Our first camp was in the tributary, Melgin River, 120 km from the reservoir dam

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing A common lure for the local pike is a “crab” made of lead, baited with a minnow

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing In the morning it is even colder than it was at night – about -40 degrees. The fishing is nor great – only little pikes are biting.

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing We were not able to catch any pike bigger than this

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing To catch a burbot you have to set the baited bottom lines for the night

Alt-Bureya reservoir Siberia ice-fishing The horses in the snow along the road – the pictutre looks like in Mongolia..